Memory Man

Memory Man

eBook - 2015
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"Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything. The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered. His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can. But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] :, Grand Central Publishing,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781455586387
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)

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Sep 21, 2018

David Baldacci has written some decent thrillers, but this isn't one of them Starts with a comic book hero -- a retired cop with memory super powers -- the plot drags and the ending is ridiculous. Beyond far-fetched -- completely unconvincing.

Jul 02, 2018

Amos Decker is the key protagonist in David Baldacci's "Memory Man." He's a calculated man with a tragic backstory. Decker had a terrible accident during the one play he got to run in the NFL. Through the quite literal scrambling of his brain, Decker gains hyperthymesitic abilities, meaning he retains perfect memory. Using his newfound skills, he joins the local police, and rises to become a detective, the perfect place for a man with perfect memory.

The plot takes shape through the sicking murder or Decker's brother-in-law, wife, and young daughter. The murder is never found. Decker falls on hard times as he fails to put his life back together. Sixteen months later, a man walks into the police station and confesses to the murder. The next day their is a substantial school shooting in the town. Could it be possible the man admitting to the crime and the shooting are connected? Amos Decker must find out for himself.

Two-thirds of this book is great. I never read mysteries or detective stories. This one genuinely hooked me. Amos Decker is an interesting man, and his character flaws are heightened due to his incredible "DVR" in his head.

The problem is the ending. It's just not satisfying in any way. His conclusions seem completely out of left field. I guess it's a way to keep the reader guessing. How could they guess the character if we have no knowledge of them?

Oh, and, I know I'm not supposed to do this, but the cover of this book is terrible. I could have sworn that this book was from the eighties. When he starts to reference YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, DVRs, and even Tinder, I was so utterly confused. Then, I came to find out that it was published 2015. For a modern book, the cover is incredibly dated.

I really wanted to like this book through and through. But the flaws in it really pushed me away. It's a toss-up if I'll read any more of the series...

Apr 20, 2018

Amos Decker is called on again to solve crime. Baldacci takes us from the start through the working of Amos' mind. There are some interesting twists that makes the story interesting but it was typical Baldacci. It wasn't has suspenseful as some of his other books but it was an enjoyable read.

Jul 28, 2017

This book was good but abit too long. And it seemed like Baldacci set up some scenarios that he kind of forgot about and later added as an afterthought. So it was a little disjointed. As the book progressed, his writing went off-story and got a little too philosophical (through Decker's thoughts) and it translated to boring and too drawn out in places. Entertaining but not riveting.

Jun 10, 2016

Like in a Beautiful Mind great mind power does not seem to accommodate any sort of real personality or emotion. It will be interesting to see where Baldacci leads us with this character. They do walk among us.

Interesting concept and well paced detective fiction. Look forward to reading more in the series.

Apr 13, 2016

I love the way Baldacci writes! I've read about a half dozen of his books and enjoyed this one. The main character is captivating and I do plan to read the sequel. Having said that, this was not my favorite of his works, and the way it ended was a little unsatisfying.

Mar 03, 2016

I enjoyed the book but I thought it was a bit long. Seemed to drag out the ending. I did like the main characters and hope there is a sequel.

Jan 31, 2016

The first sentence of the novel is captivating, and Baldacci writes In a manner that holds that interest throughout the story.
The negative I find with this novel is that everything seems plausible and really lends to its mystery, but when you find out who the killer(s) is/are, it's not really anyone connected to the storyline that previously held your interest. You sort of end up going in a different direction.
It is a good read though, and I finished it within a few days, so it held my interest.

CMLibrary_akeller Jan 25, 2016

I won't lie, I had a hard time putting this book down. I wanted to know who did it and why they did it. However, the ending did not work for me. It was as if it was an afterthought. I didn't buy into the villian(s) because they were kind of thrown in out of the blue. Other than that, it was a decent book. I liked the main character and it was cool that he remembered everything since a football accident when he was younger. If it weren't for that ending....

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Nov 11, 2015

Something seemed off, but he couldn’t pinpoint what, when he almost always could. Orphan facts, he liked to call them. There was no one to claim ownership because they were lies.
He never forgot anything, but that didn’t mean everything was always placed in the proper context opposite either a complementary or conflicting fact.
“Well, you never forget anything, so I have to believe that it will come to you.” “That’s the problem. If it hasn’t come to me then it’s not there.” Decker tapped the side of his head. “I don’t have things come to me. I go inside my head and retrieve them. There’s a difference.”

Nov 11, 2015

Life had coincidences. Serendipity abounded. Wrong place, wrong time. It came as the result of seven billion people jostling each other within the span of a single planet. But there was an unwritten rule in police work: There are no coincidences. All you needed was more in-depth investigation to show that there are no coincidences.

An SJH, in ballistics shorthand. It was a brutally efficient piece of ordnance. Not exactly a dum-dum, named after Dum-Dum, India, where a British army officer had invented a bullet that mushroomed out on impact and acted as a miniature wrecking ball inside the body. Innovation wasn’t always good for you.

“And human beings have limits,” said Decker. “And you can say all you want about the world being unfair and people rising above the atrocities done to them, but everyone is different. Some are hard as steel, but some are fragile, and you never know which one you’re going to get.”

“You don’t look so good, Amos,” Miller said. “Should I?” Decker said back.

Nov 11, 2015

“Grand master of memory? What did she have to do?”
“Three tasks. The first was to memorize one thousand random numbers in an hour. Next, she had to memorize the order of ten decks of cards in an hour. And lastly, memorize the order of one deck of cards in under two minutes.”
“There are around one hundred and fifty people in the world who have successfully performed the three tasks.” “Didn’t think it would be that many.” “It’s not, in the grand scheme of seven billion people.”

In his mind progress was always to be measured in inches, especially when you didn’t have yards or even feet of success to show off.

Everyone has an agenda, whether altruistic or self-serving.

Guys don’t worry about people looking, because guys are always the ones who are looking.”

Nov 11, 2015

He rubbed the metal through the plastic. Then he stopped. It was like rubbing a genie’s lamp. He had made a silly wish, never thinking it would come true. But it just had. The last piece had just fallen into place.

It took him all of three minutes to pack up pretty much all he had. It fit into a bag two feet square with room to spare.

“Well, that would have been a little obvious,” said Wyatt. “So I chose symbolism over literalness.”

“Debbie again. I told her I might have to recruit some of them in case I needed local muscle. It was stupid but she’d believe anything.”

“It’s called a double constrictor knot. It’s like a clove hitch but with an overhand knot under two riding turns. I actually practiced tying it on the flight back from Utah. I discovered that it’s nearly impossible to untie once the knot is set. In fact, it’s one of the most effective binding knots in the world. Been around at least since the 1860s. It’s also called the gunner’s knot.”

Nov 11, 2015

For a man who never forgot anything it was difficult for him to remember who he used to be. And how he had gotten to be what he was now.

His tolerance for pain was greater than most. You didn’t play football for as long as he had without being able to take pain. But a bullet to the head would not be painful. He would just be dead.

Those who only watched pro football from the safety of their stadium seats or big-screen TVs could never imagine the devastating power of enormous men running at speed into other enormous men. It was like being in a car accident over and over. It didn’t merely hurt; it stunned. It shocked the body in so many different ways that one could never be the same afterward. It pushed bone, muscle, ligaments, and brains to places they were never intended to go.

There were few things in life that were certain. There were many things in death that were. He was staring at three of them. Eyes wide open. Pupils fixed. Mouth involuntarily sagging. Dead.

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